I have never had a problem potty training (or puppy training) any of my dogs. I've even taken other peoples dogs in for a month to train them. The number rule (as stated above) is to NEVER take you eyes off the puppy. It's not only good for potty training, but also for NOT getting the wrong things chewed on etc. If you can't watch it, put it in the crate. If your watching it, it can't make a mistake....well, it can start to make a mistake
, but you need to pick it up immediately and take it outside. Yes, sometimes that makes a bigger mess, but it's best for them to learn. Never scold them, thats confusing. A deep louder NO is good, but spanking, rubbing the nose in it, etc - bad! When you take it outside, repeat the word you want it to do "go potty" or whatever. Silence when they go. Huge praise when they are done. Of course the obvious times are as soon as they wake up, after they eat or drink, or after playing.....not to say they won't stop in the middle of playing to squat! Also as stated above, the smaller dogs do sometimes seem to take a little longer to train. Hey, what kind of dog is it? A Jack Russel terrier is very smart and is going to catch on before.....lets say.....a Lhasa Apso, or Shi Tzu (HUGE apologies to those of you with those breeds
). If I remember a previous post from you, it was a picture of puppy you were hoping to get? Wasn't it a jack mix or something? Anyway, I would plan on devoting at least 2 weeks to never taking your eyes off it, and then start to relax A LITTLE. After two weeks of no close calls, start to feel more relaxed.
Hope that helps, feel free to ask any questions and CONGRATS!